page presents entry JTO2007 to the ARES-UIA international
architectural competition on 'Renewable Energy Sources & Bioclimatic
Architecture for shells, to shelter people affected by natural
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full Design Description
The Oil Barrel Project in brief
This proposal addresses an environmental disaster caused by wide scale contamination due to human negligence.
It focuses on the Niger Delta region where a growing accumulation of soil-, water- and air-pollution has already affected the lives of several thousand people, pressing them to flee from the advancing catastrophe.
A key feature of the design is a structural system based on the abundant oil barrels of the area. It is used to compile an organic network where each hub includes others -or is included in another- of a similar circular 'daisy-like' structure.
The environmental issues of the entire project, from dwellings to camp, have been considered through the 4 Elements philosophical prism, i.e. the varied aspects of energy, water, air, and matter.
The proposal is based on the participation of the locals in self-help schemes from dwelling construction to camp operation, as an elemental method not only for reducing costs but mainly for enabling the distressed refugees to regain their everyday lives and dignity.
Assumptions & Objectives
Our goal is to provide not just temporary shelter, but also a basic framework for living as close to normal as possible. In that, we make the following assumptions:
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